Meghan Markle Celebrated as UK’s First American ‘Biracial Princess': ‘Real-Life Fairy Tale’

“A biracial American princess in my lifetime”

Last Updated: November 27, 2017 @ 9:45 AM

There’s not much Americans love more than a royal wedding, but many are over the moon that Meghan Markle is a biracial American marrying into the crown across the pond.

Markle’s race is something she has discussed in the past: In 2015 she penned an essay for Elle magazine explaining that people are always asking her, “What are you?,” to which she has to explain that her mother is African American and her father is caucasian.

By marrying Prince Harry, she will be the first “divorced, biracial, Jewish American actress to join the British royal family,” according to USA Today. But, unlike how many on social media have labeled her a “princess,” she will not carry that title. Instead, Markle will have the title of duchess.

Markle’s mixed heritage is inspiring many online. “It’s like a real life fairy tale,” one Twitter user said.

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In her Elle essay, Markle recalled filling out a census in seventh grade, but the only options for ethnicity were white, black, Hispanic or Asian. “There I was (my curly hair, my freckled face, my pale skin, my mixed race) looking down at these boxes, not wanting to mess up, but not knowing what to do,” she wrote. “You could only choose one, but that would be to choose one parent over the other – and one half of myself over the other.”

Markle ended up leaving the box blank. Her dad later told her, “If that happens again, you draw your own box.”

Markle went on to describe how she did just that throughout her life and career (you can read her full essay here).

And now, by agreeing to marry Prince Harry, Markle continues to draw her own box.

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